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Harold C. Schonberg
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What country did Eugene d'Albert consider to be his spiritual home?
(a) Scotland.
(b) Vienna.
(c) France.
(d) Germany.

2. The "Leschetizky system" assigned pupils who needed more training to an assistant for how long or until they met Leschetizky's standards?
(a) One year.
(b) Three years.
(c) Two years.
(d) Six months.

3. Who studied under Carl Czerny and began his public career at the age of 11, appearing at the Teatro San Benedetto, Venice, in 1843?
(a) Louis Moreau Gottschalk.
(b) Alfred Jaëll.
(c) William Sterndale Bennett.
(d) Theodor Döhler.

4. When did Sigismond Thalberg die?
(a) 1919.
(b) 1845.
(c) 1871.
(d) 1803.

5. What Polish piano-player could not play two correct notes in a row and always played fortissimo?
(a) William Sterndale Bennett.
(b) Antoine de Kontski.
(c) Theodor Döhler.
(d) Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

6. Where was Anton Rubinstein born?
(a) Austria.
(b) Russia.
(c) Poland.
(d) Czechoslavakia.

7. When did Chopin arrive in Paris as a fully-developed composer and pianist?
(a) 1789.
(b) 1905.
(c) 1845.
(d) 1831.

8. Who was the earliest-born pianist to be recorded?
(a) Saint-Saens.
(b) Chopin.
(c) Sophie Mentor.
(d) Franz Liszt.

9. What Polish student of Franz Liszt amazed fellow pianists with his speed, power and endurance?
(a) Moriz Rosenthal.
(b) Saint-Saens.
(c) Emil von Sauer.
(d) Alfred Grunfeld.

10. What is an English piano manufacturer founded in 1728 by Burkat Shudi and continued after his death in 1773?
(a) Henselt and Sons.
(b) Steinway.
(c) Broadwood and Sons.
(d) Hammel and Sons.

11. Chopin's music was critiqued as exotic or even insane for its "bold dissonance and strange _____."
(a) Scales.
(b) Sonatas.
(c) Harmonies.
(d) Etudes.

12. What romantic Polish pianist born in 1830 spent most of his life after 1878 in Vienna?
(a) Eugene d'Albert.
(b) Ludwig van Beethoven.
(c) Ignacy Jan Paderewski.
(d) Theodor Leschetizky.

13. In the late 18th century, piano-playing techniques changed from Clementi's classic horizontal hand and arm level to outward-turned hands and wrists exemplified by whom?
(a) Carl Czerny.
(b) Adolf von Henselt.
(c) Johann Nepomuk Hummel.
(d) Ignaz Moscheles.

14. What son of a Hungarian official was born in 1811 became a priest in 1865 but had no authority to celebrate mass or hear confession?
(a) Sigismond Thalberg.
(b) Adolf von Henselt.
(c) Franz Liszt.
(d) Friedrich Chopin.

15. Old Arpeggio recommended pressing the keys with energy and vigor rather than striking them and kneading tender passages with "fingers of" what?
(a) Silk.
(b) Glass.
(c) Velvet.
(d) Cotton.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what decade did America discourage pupils away from European schools like Paris Conservatoire?

2. What German Romantic composer of orchestral and choral works was born in 1809 in Hamburg?

3. What pianist performed at four and memorized and played all the Beethoven symphonies at eight on piano?

4. How old was Paderewski when he debuted in 1887?

5. What is a term used to describe various tools invented to help young piano students learn and practice that included a chiroplast, guide-mains, dactylion to suspend fingers on springs, pocket hand exerciser, and technicon among others that promised perfection with less work?

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